WASHINGTON, D.C. - Both Colorado students competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee spelled their first and second words correctly on Wednesday morning.
The Bee started Tuesday with the 281 contestants taking a computer-based test.
Wednesday morning, the students took to the stage for two rounds of spelling preliminaries. After the first round, 257 spellers remained to start the second.
Speller #29, Teddy Schoenfeld, of Boulder, spelled basmati correctly in round two and metallurgy in round three.
Speller #30, Alex Jurich, of Denver, spelled tamarind and beefalo correctly.
The results of the spelling on Wednesday and the test on Tuesday will determine which 50 spellers go to the semi-finals on Thursday morning. The finals are Thursday night on ESPN.
Some of the words spelled incorrectly Wednesday morning include keeshond, commissar, philately, viaticum, foley, taurine and Weimaraner.
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Learn more about Jurich.
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